EDUCATION and TRAINING

UIC fellows rotate through a robust variety of inpatient and ambulatory settings to learn management of both common and complex conditions among a diverse patient population. Additionally, our fellows benefit from a dedicated didactic curriculum designed specifically to prepare them for practice in any setting.

“What I love about the UIC Nephrology Fellowship program is truly just the strong faculty. The faculty here, they’re excellent at didactics and teaching, and they really care about your education and the fact that you’re going to develop a strong foundation and strong fundamentals in nephrology. Whenever I need help, and this is 24/7, they’ve always been there for me.”

Edward SuhEdward Suh, MD - 2nd Year Nephrology Fellow

INPATIENT EXPERIENCE

Fellows benefit from the breadth of clinical experiences offered at three inpatient clinical sites, all of which are conveniently located in close proximity so fellows can easily walk between sites:  University of Illinois Hospital, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The University of Illinois Hospital is a tertiary care referral center and provides the opportunity for training in transplantation medicine and continuous renal replacement therapies. At the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, fellows are exposed to geriatric nephrology and patients with a spectrum of kidney disease. The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is a safety-net hospital providing care to a diverse of population of patients, offering a particularly rich experience in management of glomerular disease.

AMBULATORY EXPERIENCE

Renal/Hypertension Continuity Clinic
Each fellow leads the care of a panel of patients, allowing them to gain experience in longitudinal management and to develop relationships with patients.

Longitudinal Hemodialysis Clinic
Fellows manage a panel of chronic hemodialysis patients and lead a monthly interdisciplinary patient care conference.

Longitudinal Home Dialysis Clinic
For one year of training, fellows manage a panel of peritoneal and home hemodialysis patients.

DIDACTIC CURRICULUM and CONFERENCES

Dr. Jerrold Levine, Professor, Clinical Case Conferences

Fellows jumpstart their clinical training with a specially designed bootcamp experience to give them the tools to succeed in their first months of fellowship.

Next, they benefit from a dedicated summer core conference series to expand their knowledge on a variety of core topics in nephrology.  These lectures are led by our talented teaching faculty.

Beginning in the fall, fellows begin to participate as leaders in the conference curriculum, taking turns leading conferences alongside faculty mentors.  Conference types include a rotating calendar of morning report, grand rounds, clinical case conference, research conference, biopsy conference, journal club, M&M, and QA/QI.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Fellows have the opportunity to do both clinical and basic science research. Clinical research studies include the ongoing NIH sponsored Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, Hispanic CRIC, Mexican CRIC, and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. In addition, the UIC School of Public Health offers a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science. An ongoing affiliation with the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center affords further opportunities in health services research targeted at chronic and end-stage renal disease. A T32 Training Program in health disparities also affords two years of research support for nephrology fellows for research focused on disparities in chronic kidney disease. Basic science research opportunities are available in different areas including cell biology, autoimmunity, acute kidney injury, integrative systems biology and bioinformatics.

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